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In the Interest of T.J.M., Minor Child
S.M.N. and J.N., Intervenors-Appellants
Attorney for Appellants
Ellen R. Ramsey-Kacena
Attorney for Intervenors B.W. and J.W.
Angela M. Railsback
Attorney for Appellee State
Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad litem
Melody J. Butz
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Susan Flaherty, Associate Juvenile Judge. REVERSED AND REMANDED. Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Bower and McDonald, JJ. Opinion by Bower, J. (11 pages)
Intervenors, the maternal aunt and her husband, appeal the juvenile court decision removing the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) as the guardian of a child and placing the child in the guardianship of other relatives. OPINION HOLDS: We conclude DHS did not act unreasonably, irresponsibly, or contrary to the best interests of the child when it determined the child should be permanently placed in the home of the maternal aunt. We reverse the juvenile court’s decision removing DHS as the guardian of the child and placing the child in the guardianship and custody of the maternal great-uncle.